Girl Scouts and leaders from Troop 2655 visited downtown Pilot Mountain Saturday to clean out an overgrown area and plant flowers in some of the abandoned pots along Main Street.
The project earned each Girl Scout a community service fun patch and helped the new Main Street Coordinating Committee start a new phase of beautification projects.
The scouts spent most of the afternoon cleaning out dead trees and bushes, putting out mulch and planting pansies. The work was done in conjunction with the town of Pilot Mountain public works crew and Town Manager Michael Boaz, which supplied the equipment, safety vests, water, snacks and mulch. The flowers were donated by the nonprofit Pilot Mountain Unites that hosts several events in town such as Ladies Night Out, the upcoming Pilot View Vintage Market on November 11th and Shopping Splurge events at The Pilot Center on East Main Street.
In all there were 10 scouts, three leaders, several family members and community residents that were tasked with uprooting several dead trees and bushes.
“It’s great for the girl scouts to learn about giving back to the community,” said Town Commissioner Kim Quinn. “The young ladies worked so hard. It was fun for all of us.”
Quinn, who is also a co-chair for the new downtown Design group, organized the troop project in coordination with the town staff to ensure safety vests and all other supplies were in order. According to Quinn, the Pilot Mountain Unites purchased the flowers from the East Surry High School FFA and Country Folks Produce on bypass 52 in Pilot Mountain.
Troop leader Sara Quesinberry noted that “as Girl Scouts, we try to live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. One part of the law is to make the world a better place. As leaders we wanted to focus more on community service projects that puts that piece of the law in motion. We want to teach the girls to give back in action and time to make the world a better place.”
Quesinberry and the troop were pleased with their efforts and look forward to doing more community projects in the future for Pilot Mountain.